Photo Journal

The Pictures I Bring Home

We went to the mountains yesterday for a “road trip”—you know, those one-day trips with no particular destination in mind, but with a couple of planned stops along the way. We went to get apples. Now, I know I could have saved a LOT of gas money and probably have bought the apples cheaper at the local grocery store, but these are NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN APPLES! We came home with 1-1/2 pecks of different apples—Cameo, golden delicious, Pink Lady, Winesap. . . .

Mountain trip 2016 (3 of 17)

Oh, and a dozen apple cider doughnuts.

Next stop—Linville Falls. I do enjoy a good walk through the mountains especially if there is a fast-running stream or river, some rapids, and a waterfall or two involved. Linville Falls has it all. There is a nice, but small, book store/souvenir shop and clean restrooms at the visitors center, a map that you can take with you (although I admit that I didn’t consult the trail map very much), and well-planned trails and “roads” to follow. Because of HIS plantar warts, we did not walk all the trails, but we did go to the upper falls. Beautiful!Mountain trip 2016 (6 of 17)Mountain trip 2016 (10 of 17)Mountain trip 2016 (11 of 17)

The river and falls are named for William Linville, an early resident of North Carolina. He and his son and their hunting party were killed by a tribe of Native Americans. The Linvilles were out on an extended hunting trip. Historians speculate that they were killed to prevent them from warning the Cherokee who lived in the area of an impending attack and perhaps to take the supply of furs the Linvilles most likely had as a result of their expedition. It’s a sad story, to be sure, but an interesting bit of history as well.

The falls are fascinating, really, not only for the story, but also for the interesting rock formations. I love texture, shape, and line, and these rocks certainly provide all the above. I am even fascinated by the monochromatic tones of grays, whites, and blacks. Of course, the autumn leaves provide additional pops of color that complement the scene.

And of course, I took the “portrait of a posy”. I do love to find wildflowers, no matter the season.

Mountain trip 2016 (7 of 17)

My picture number was low for me—only 46 images from this trip. Perhaps I am becoming more selective and discerning when it comes to snapping the shutter. I know that I pause more often when I put the camera to my eye to make sure that I am taking the picture that I really want. Contemplative practices like pausing before pressing the shutter are truly influencing the way I photograph things, especially nature.

By Olivia Fulmer

I am the OliviaIrene of OliviaIrene Photography. I am a photographer, a teacher, a story teller. I use this space to tell stories of life, family, and faith through words and images. I'd love to share your stories as well. Join me in this journey.

2 replies on “The Pictures I Bring Home”

I spent yesterday going through photos on my computer – deleting hundreds of them and wondering why I’d taken a dozen identical shots of a totally uninteresting scene. Not just once but habitually. I think I was hoping I could MAKE it interesting if I tried hard enough. Now I am trying to be more selective, and ask myself, why am I taking this photo? What is the subject? What is the point? Hopefully in the future that will save me hours of deleting “why did I take this” photos!


I have been studying “contemplative photography” for a couple of years now. That word “contemplative” has been problematic at times because I’m still trying to figure out what exactly it means! I know–I’m probably overthinking it. But Kim Manley Ort, a photographer/teacher that I follow and whose classes I have taken teaches a lesson on pausing before pressing the shutter. That has helped me so much eliminate those dozens of images that I wonder “what in the world was I thinking when I made that image” feeling. I take fewer images as a result, and I think about my purpose as well. In a way, I could apply the concept of the rhetorical situation that I teach in my college writing and composition classes: audience, purpose and subject, all of which affects the message that I want the piece to convey. Hmmm, I’ve just gotten an idea for a blog post.

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